Volume 6 | Issue 1 | 2011
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Message from the Chancellor We are extremely pleased to announce the publication of Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College magazine “DHANVANTARI 2011”. This issue has certainly kept up to the expectations aroused by the previous issue of “DHANVANTARI”. Our students have displayed a myriad of talents in the current magazine. Their efforts have been painstakingly put together and presented in a beautiful format by the editorial team, under the guidance of the faculty. I wish every success to the editorial team, students as well as faculty in this endeavour. I am sure it makes a very pleasant reading.
Dr. P. D. Patil Chancellor Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune
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CONTENTS 10 NEW YORK Take a Bite of the Big Apple
14 LAS VEGAS Viva Las Vegas
19 NIAGARA FALLS Wonderfalls
20 SAN FRANCISCO 8 WASHINGTON Story of a Nation
A Honeymooners’ Paradise
A Golden Opportunity
21 KENNEDY SPACE CENTER Have a blast!
28 EGYPT The cradle of Human Civilization
33 SOUTH AFRICA Pride of Africa
38 THAILAND The Oriental Escape
40 MALAYSIA Asia’s Newly Discovered Secret
16 LOS ANGELES
A City of Entertainment
18 MAGIC KINGDOM
A Journey to New Lands
42 KERALA A Heaven on Earth
44 HOT DEALS 46 RAJASTHAN A Royal welcome
48 FAQ 50 NEPAL The Richest Country on Earth
Nowhere like Dubai
52 TRAVEL TIPS Pack well and travel carefree!
54 TRAVEL TIPS Travelling with Kids
55 TRAVEL TIPS How to stay healthy on holiday
26 HONG KONG
The Vertical City
From Shopping to Safaris
56 BOOKWORM 58 BON VOYAGE
Story of a Nation Home to the legendary White House and dotted with cultural and historic sights, Washington DC is a one-stop destination for immaculate memorials, museums and monuments, some of the most iconic being Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean Memorial, the White House and the National Air and Space Museum. The city also boasts beautiful scenery, spacious pavilion areas and parks. By Aditi Jain
ne of Washington’s most iconic images, the Capitol features a towering 285 ft cast-iron dome topped by the bronze Statue of Freedom. It is adorned with ornate fountains and marble Roman pillars set against sweeping lawns and blossoming gardens. Located on top of a hill overlooking spectacular sights, it houses the legislative branch of Congress and is home to the Senate and the House of Representatives. A symbol of intoxicating power and history, the Capitol houses numerous creations including enormous paintings by John Trumbull which depict scenes from the American Revolution. The construction of the Capitol began in 1793, when George Washington laid the cornerstone, anointing it with wine and oil in Masonic style. The unforeseen hurdles encountered during construction are a story in itself and everyone breathed a sigh of relief when it was finally completed in 1863.
THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL Designed by Henry Bacon to resemble a Doric temple, the Memorial’s thirty-six columns represent the thirty-six states in Lincoln’s union. Within, the seated statue of Lincoln, sculpted by Daniel Chester French, is framed by the carved text of the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. Set in a stunning location, the Memorial steps are also a popular location for Hollywood films. Scenes from films such as “The Wedding Crashers” and “Legally Blonde 2” have been shot here. Many a romantic kiss has been shot on the marble steps at sunset. Since its completion in 1922, the Memorial has also been a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1939, black contralto Marian Anderson, barred from the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Constitution Hall, sang from the memorial’s steps. The historic 1963
March on Washington reached its zenith here when Martin Luther King Jr delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. An engraving of his famous words now marks the spot where Martin Luther King stood.
THE KOREAN MEMORIAL Dedicated in 1995, this memorial depicts a troop of nineteen heavily cloaked soldiers on night patrol in the rice paddies. The larger-than-life statues are shown in action, realistically exhausted and anxious. The magnificent setting is enhanced by a granite wall and Pool of Remembrance along with fibre-optic lighting for night viewing. It’s a prominent reminder of America’s forgotten war.
THE WHITE HOUSE Every US president since John Adams has lived in this 132-room mansion at America’s most famous address. A residence and central icon of the American presidency, the Presidential Palace has evolved over time with due credit to its inhabitants. An overhaul in 1950 gutted almost the entire interior, and Jacqueline Kennedy’s extensive redecoration campaign in the 1960s introduced more tasteful furnishings.
THE NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM Approximately eight million people visit these cavernous halls annually, which are filled with aeroplanes and spacecraft including the famous Wright Brothers’ Flyer, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St Louis and the Apollo 11 command module. The museum’s twenty-three galleries trace the history of aviation and space exploration through interactive displays and historic artifacts. Q
Washington DC is a one-stop destination for immaculate memorials, museums and monuments. Capitol Hill is a symbol of intoxicating power and history. The memorial steps are a popular spot for Hollywood shooting. Eight million people visit the National Air and Space Museum annually.
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